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Discreet social activities, unapproved travel behind Terengganu’s Covid spike

There has also been an increase in Covid-19 screenings which is expected to see further growth in positive cases over the next two weeks.

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Social events held discretely are among the factors for the sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in Terengganu yesterday.

Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said the increase was also due to recent Aidiladha activities that failed to comply with SOPs.

“This includes unpermitted interstate and inter-district travel during the celebration,” he said in a video on Facebook.

Terengganu recorded a sharp increase in new Covid-19 cases yesterday with 883 infections, including 860 local transmissions. It was the highest number since the pandemic hit.

Samsuri said the spike in numbers was also due to targeted screenings and tests done on close contacts in several localities.

“There has also been an influx of foreign contract workers from outside Terengganu who are not screened and who have triggered clusters among them,” he said.

As such, he added, the authorities will ramp up screenings in identified high-risk localities.

“Due to the increase in screenings, we expect an increase in cases in the next two weeks,” he said.

Terengganu will also request for more vaccine supplies so that vaccinations can be accelerated in critical areas, especially in Kemaman and Dungun, he said, while urging the public to strictly adhere to all SOPs.

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